The Port of Kingston will be raising moorage rates once again between October and April.
Last year, the port approved a 10 percent seasonal rate increase, and on Tuesday the Kingston Port Commission voted to approve an additional 5 percent increase as well.
The port’s outgoing executive director, Jim Pivarnik said the seasonal rate increase was a standard practice among marinas in the area. Most marinas, Pivarnik said, charge a 25 percent premium for seasonal moorage above regular long-term moorage.
“We were at 10 percent, and we’re hoping to get to 25 percent at some point, but the commissioners voted to take baby steps,” Pivarnik said. “That means that the seasonal rates from October through April will be 15 percent higher than our normal rates.”
Pivarnik hinted that with an upcoming rate study, the possibility for raises to permanent moorage rates could be on the horizon.
“Right now, we’re not touching permanent moorage. We have a rate study going out right now. It should be completed come October, and the commissioners at that point will determine whether permanent moorage will be increased. … The initial information that we got from our consultant is we are some of the lowest in the Puget Sound as far as rates go,” Pivarnik said.